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obama would like us to ignore what is happening is past four years. granted, he came into a tough situation, but we have to consider that during the last 43 months we have had more than 8% unemployment. it is the only time in this nation's history that we have had a president that has presided even over three years of over 8% unemployment. the fact is, those 43 months of over 8% unemployment during president obama's term is four months more than all of the months of over 8% unemployment from 1948 until president obama's inauguration. he talks about recovery, all the new jobs. the fact is, in the downturn, 60% of the jobs lost were mid skill and mid paying jobs, and only 20% of the new jobs during the so-called recovery are in that category. most of the jobs are low-paying jobs, these new jobs he brags about are in retail sales and food preparation. there are things that have been proven in our history to work. we could have put in place, and it needs to be put in immediately, it works progress administration kind of program where we are investing in the future by building up our n
the surge and now, the surge troops, which president obama sent in the first year of his presidency, they are now on their way out, but the number of casualties continues to rise. the consequences will be the same when we pull out the troops last week, as i would have preferred, or at the end of 2014. unfortunately, there will almost certainly be a violent struggle for power in afghanistan, very much like what happened after a foreign occupation ended. in that case, when the soviet union pulled out, there was a six-year civil war until the taliban eventually won the war with the support of the population because they promised to bring an end to the war. when will this mean politically? we do not know. the fact that the u.s. says they are not prepared to go for an efforts to bring the taliban into peace talks, does not bode well for the possibility of the war ending sooner rather than later. what we know is that all wars, and as you said, the longest war in u.s. history -- every war and with some kind of negotiation, some kind of discussion, agreement. that can be now or at the end o
. last year, we had a blockbuster case with the court deciding the constitutionality of president obama's health care law. to many, the decision was a surprise. the chief justice had a majority to basically find the act constitutional under the government cost taxing powers. many were surprised, many expected the court to rule health care unconstitutional. so i think to most of us it was gratifying position, but at the same time, there were elements that more recent, particularly, language in the opinion that essentially said this chief justice, along with a majority, would have found the act unconstitutional under the commerce clause. why that is important is because so much of the foundation of progressive reform in this country, going back to the new deal, is based on the commerce clause. so there are ominous signs for the future, and we have no idea what will happen, but obviously, this was a very smart move by the chief justice. he essentially took an issue of the supreme court out of the election. as many have said, he preserved his judicial legacy on that court. >> let's turn to
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